Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Technical difficulties

I had used TypeKey for a while and it worked reasonably well. Then it was transitioned to TypePad. OK, whatever. But now when I use openID via TypePad to comment, my name is rendered as a database key string instead of my actual display name. It's very annoying.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

[source, source]
The sister-in-law of the indicted fugitive owner of the La Shish restaurant chain got sensitive jobs at the FBI and CIA, despite being an illegal immigrant, federal prosecutors said in court documents unsealed today in Detroit.

The woman, Nada Nadim Prouty, 37, of Vienna, Va., also tapped into a sensitive FBI computer to find out what federal investigators knew about her, La Shish restaurant owner Talal Chahine, and her sister, who is married to Chahine.

Prosecutors said she took an unknown quantity of classified information home with her. It’s unclear what happened, or what she did with the information, prosecutors said.

The information pertained to a federal investigation of Chahine and his possible involvement with Hizballah, which has been declared a terrorist organization by the U.S State Department.
This is precisely the sort of thing that the creation of the Department of Homeland Security was designed to hide and distract from. Creating another bloated level of ineffective management was much easier than fixing the well known problems that lead to results like this, but I had no doubt which process our political class would chose.